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Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

New Developments in Estate and Gift Tax Valuation Cases

A number of recent cases highlight particular issues in valuation of assets for purposes of the estate and gift tax. On July 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service settled Estate of Davidson v. Commissioner, T.C. Docket No....more

Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction (Updated)

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,...more

California Supreme Court to Review Controversial Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The California Court of Appeal recently held, in 926 North Ardmore Avenue v. County of Los Angeles, that a documentary transfer tax is triggered when a transfer of an interest in a business entity that owns real property...more

The Donald Sterling Case Provides Valuable Trustee Incapacity Insights - Establishing the Most Effective Instruments to Evaluate...

The ideal individual trustee has a wide variety of real world experience and judgment that can only be acquired over decades. Thus, many trustees are middle-aged or older at the start of their tenure. While some people remain...more

Weekly Law Resume - August 15, 2013: A Homeowner’s Lawyer May Not Attend HOA Meetings Without HOA Approval

SB Liberty, LLC v. Isla Verde Association, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (May 22, 2013) - In 2006, Gregg and Janet Short purchased a home in the Isla Verde residential community...more

Can a Corporation be Appointed a Receiver?

I was in court last week and the judge appointed a corporation as the receiver in a case....more

The trustee is not relieved of the duty to defend the trust just because the beneficiary happens to be getting divorced.

The trustee's primary allegiance is to the beneficiary, not to the non-beneficiary spouse or ex-spouse, unless the express terms of the trust provide otherwise. Thus, when there is marital discord, the trustee must suppress...more

Further thoughts on the Fundy Settlement decision: Supreme Court offers a nuanced view of trust residence

In Garron Family Trust v. The Queen (2009 TCC 450), Justice Judith Woods of the Tax Court of Canada came down with a very broad new rule for determining the residence of trusts. [162] I conclude, then, that the...more

Estate of Badii ex rel. Badii v. Metropolitan Hospice, Inc., C.A. No. 6192-VCP (Del. Ch. Mar. 12, 2012) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery appointed a receiver for an insolvent corporation deadlocked over how to discharge a tax lien. Defendant Metropolitan Hospice, Inc. (“MHI”), a closely held corporation,...more

Mofo New York Tax Insights -- Volume 2, Issue 12

In This Issue: New York Audit Software Subject to Freedom of Information Law Disclosure; Payments for Telephone Number “Porting” Services Not Subject to Sales Tax; Failure to Serve Notice on Representative Tolls Time...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 21, 2011

In this issue; - ISS Publishes Proposed Changes to Proxy Voting Policies - SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Issues Bulletin Regarding Legal and Tax Opinions - Derivatives Clearing Organization General...more

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